Something of an homage to Victorian paintings with nods to Arnold Bocklin, Ferdinand Keller, Waterhouse and the Hudson River School even down to the title, a nod to "Cave Of The Storm Nymphs" by Edward Poynter.
Three nymphs point out to the distant horizon where a foundering ship can just be seen under the lowering skies of an approaching storm, the first more gentle waves crashing against the rocks, a single ray of sunshine hitting the foreground while in the far distance the snow-capped mountains still shine in the remaining sun.
Based around a yellow/violet complementary colour axis, I have composed it to be busy so that the eye moves around the picture with no single focal point with the focal point of the implied narrative of the painting being the distant ship barely seen on the horizon. I wanted a contrast-y picture with dark shadows and brightly-lit areas in the style of Keller and Bocklin, the nymphs being the femmes fatales beloved of Victorian era paintings. The lovely Naomi Wood modeled for the figures.
This is a painting that I hope to bring to IlluXCon in October. Oil on linen 30" x 20".
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.